President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a man who knew how to get things done. His presidency was responsible for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) which launched the internet. NASA began under his tenure. Before he became president, he served as a five-star general, commanding the Allied forces in Europe during World War II. His method for productivity is still used today, because he had a great way to prioritize his day.
The Eisenhower Method
Eisenhower grouped his tasks into four categories:
- Urgent and important – at the top of your to-do list, such as crises, deadlines and problems that only you can handle. It’s the things where you have to focus and be narrow-minded to get work done. You may even have to stop what you’re doing to take care
- Important, but not urgent – these tasks are also only ones that you can do, but the deadline might not be as pressing. These things contribute to your overall mission and goals.
- Urgent, but not important – tasks that need to be done, but that can be delegated. They may seem like a priority, but often they are duties that can be passed to someone else.
- Neither urgent nor important – time wasters which can be dropped.
Once you mark your tasks this way, you can be more productive by focusing on what is really important and urgent.
Productivity Requires Framework
Spend your time working on the important tasks. Urgent tasks come first, but don’t ignore that important, but not urgent tasks. Put your resources toward the things that really matter. Don’t waste your time and resources focusing on the time wasters. Once you see what tasks will get you toward your goals, it helps you to be more productive.
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